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South Carolina state legislative special elections, 2011

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In 2011, four special elections were held for the South Carolina State Legislature. These elections were called to fill vacancies in the South Carolina State Senate, District 16, and the South Carolina House of Representatives, Districts 10, 64, and 100.

How vacancies are filled


If there is a vacancy in the South Carolina Legislature, a special election must be held to fill the vacant seat. If candidates plan to seek the nomination through a party convention, the filing period begins on the third Friday after the vacancy happened. The qualifying deadline is ten days after the filing period opens.[1]

If a candidate plans to seek the nomination via petition, all signatures must submitted to the appropriate filing officer no later than sixty days before the election. All signatures must be verified by the filing officer no later than 45 days before the election.[2]

A primary election must be held on the eleventh Tuesday after the vacancy occurs. If necessary, a primary runoff must be held on the thirteenth Tuesday after the vacancy occurs. The special election is held on the eighteenth Tuesday after vacancy occurs. No special election can be held less than 60 days before the general election.[2]

Partisan breakdown

The current partisan breakdown of the Senate is as follows:

Party As of April 2014
     Democratic Party 18
     Republican Party 28
Total 46

The current partisan breakdown of the House is as follows:

Party As of April 2014
     Democratic Party 46
     Republican Party 78
Total 124

Special elections


April 5, 2011



April 12, 2011



August 30, 2011



September 27, 2011



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